University of Evansville


Monday, January 8, 2024

Info You Should Know

* Welcome, new faculty

Please join the ECTE in welcoming four new full-time faculty members and twenty new adjunct-faculty members to UE.

Full-time faculty:

  • Briana Alvey - Nursing
  • Breaha Wininger - Nursing
  • Hector Wills - Electrical Engineering
  • William Philips - Psychology

Welcome to UE!

Submitted by Diana Rodriguez Quevedo
* Writing Center consultant job openings

The Writing Center is accepting student applications for employment for the Spring 2024 semester. If you're interested, please fill out the attached form. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kristina Groves at kg76.

Submitted by Kristina Groves
* Spring 2024 Student-Led Personal Training

The student-led personal training program will be repeating again this semester. If you would like to participate, please click the link ( to fill out a short survey.

Submitted by William Miller
* Talent & Community Welcomes Alexa Ferguson

Please welcome Alexa Ferguson as Executive Assistant to Dr. Rob Shelby, Vice President for Talent & Community and Chief Inclusion & Equity Officer. Alexa received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern Indiana and a Master of Education from Oakland City University. Alexa previously worked for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation as an educator and counselor. Alexa brings a strong background in project management, team collaboration and organization to her new role. Alexa, welcome to campus!

Submitted by Jenni Sauls
* Spring Meal Plan Changes

Students can adjust meal plans for the Spring semester until Friday, January 12, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

Adjust your meal plan online.

Submitted by Brian Conner


* Congratulations CJ seniors -- scored in the 99th percentile on their MFT

Congratulations to the Criminal Justice seniors who recently scored in the 99th percentile (of comparable institutions) on their Major Field Test (MFT).

The MFT is a standardized subject/major based exam given annually as part of the CJ Senior Seminar.

Great job!

Submitted by Kevin Gray
* Kyle Clark publishes new research

Anthropologist and UE professor Kyle Clark published new research over the break detailing some of the supernatural beings claimed by the Iban of Borneo. The article is open-access and available for anyone to read for free at this link:


Submitted by Kyle Clark
* Phage Genomics student publish research paper

Students in Dr. Joyce Stamm's Spring 2023 Phage Genomics class recently published a peer-reviewed manuscript on their findings. They annotated the sequenced genomes of bacteriophage Spelly and Phredrick, which were isolated in Fall 2022 in Honors Introductory Biology: Molecular Perspectives. Dr. Stamm, Dr. Julie Merkle (Assistant Professor, Biology), and 12 students (Ava Abernathy, Elizabeth Ackerman, John Brown, Abbey Harris, Kayli Hoffman, Ashleigh Hoskins, Abbie Jahn, Nathan Jones, Ashley Kitch, Nandini Mathavan, Nat Rose, and Joey Taylor) authored the article in Microbiology Resource Announcements on December 19, 2023. The article can be found at Congratulations, phage researchers!

Submitted by Julie Merkle


* Fifth-largest Ford Center crowd on hand for MSU game

The fifth-largest crowd in University of Evansville men’s basketball Ford Center history was on hand Saturday as the Purple Aces squared off against Murray State.  A total of 7,928 fans were in attendance, surpassing the 7,801 who were inside the arena on Dec. 30, 2015 against Indiana State for the 5th spot on the list.

Out of the gate Saturday, Murray State took control and led from start to finish, defeating the Purple Aces by a score of 81-59.  Four Evansville players registered double figures, led by Gage Bobe and Kenny Strawbridge Jr.  Bobe was a perfect 4-of-4 from outside while Strawbridge hit a total of five field goals.  Yacine Toumi and Antonio Thomas registered 10 apiece.  The Racers had five double digit scorers, led by Rob Perry’s 17 points.

“Credit Murray State – they have an experience team who has been there and done it all before.  They punched us in the mouth first.  Consistency was our word that we had this week and I felt like we were inconsistent in our habits today,” Purple Aces head coach David Ragland said.   “When you do not get back and allow 16 points in transition and give up 18 points off turnovers, that is 34 points that they had off of our habits.  We have done a pretty solid job this year of limiting points in the paint, but when you give up points in transition and turnovers, most of those will come in the paint.”

“Our entire program thanks our fans for the support.  I loved the crowd today and am regretful that we did not play the way we expected,” Ragland continued.  “It is not a matter of if, but when we revive this program.  That is the way we are built as a coaching staff and program.  We are not taking any shortcuts.  Our University and Athletics Department have really gotten behind us and the community has followed their lead.  This type of crowd will become the norm!”

Murray State posted the first four points of the day and would take an 8-3 lead.  Evansville uncharacteristically turned the ball over three times in the opening three minutes.  Chuck Bailey III scored UE’s first field goal on a nice feed from Sekou Kalle at the 15:40 mark before the Racers countered with a triple on the other end to make it an 11-5 game.

With 11 minutes left in the half, Kenny Strawbridge Jr. connected on a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 11-10, but it took just a few seconds for MSU to answer with a triple on the ensuing possession.  As the period reached the midway point, Murray State took its largest edge to that point – 18-10.  They continued to add to the lead as it reached double figures with six minutes on the clock at 22-12.

Inside the 5-minute mark, MSU extended the lead to as many as 12 before the Aces cut that down to 11 at halftime.  Murray State shot 36.4% in the half but turned 12 UE turnovers into 7 points in the period.

Kenny Strawbridge Jr. opened the second-half scoring as the deficit hovered around 10 points.  Yacine Toumi connected on a basket as the game reached the final 12 minutes to make it a 44-35 game.  Just when it looked like Evansville had momentum on its side, the Racers countered in a big way, going on a 17-0 run over the next three minutes as they converted five field goals in a row.  Gage Bobe drained a triple to put an end to the stretch with nine minutes left.

From there, the Racers pulled away for the 81-59 win.  MSU shot 60.7% in the second half and finished the game at 47.5%.  Evansville completed the day at 41.2%.

Evansville returns to the road on Wednesday for a road contest at Bradley.

Submitted by Athletics
* Aces make a 13-point comeback in loss to Drake

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team fought fast and furious to the end of its 68-78 loss to the Drake Bulldogs.

Despite trailing by 23 points with just over a quarter to go in Saturday’s game, the Purple Aces kept fighting to only a 10-point loss. UE was able to hold Drake under its MVC-leading scoring average and its high-octane field goal percentage. Junior guard Alana Striverson had a season-high 15 points to lead Evansville in scoring while center Barbora Tomancova picked up her third double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

As opposed to recent games, the Aces put up points quickly at the Knapp Center. But a fast seven-point run from Drake had UE behind. Evansville cut the run with a three from guard Lexie Sinclair. Tomancova added a second-chance layup to make it only a two-point game. But the Bulldogs responded with a seven-point run over two and a half minutes to get the game back in their favor. The Aces continued to fight back as point guard Kynidi Mason Striverson had a quick five points in the final two minutes of the first. UE went into the second quarter trailing by 10.

It was a tough start on defense for Evansville in the second quarter. Drake had a fast seven points in just over two minutes. Striverson hit her first three of the day to end the run. A minute and a half later Mason Striverson sunk a three-point play with an and-1 opportunity to help breathe new life into the Aces offense. Over the final six minutes of the first half, UE put up 13 points to head into halftime down by 17.

Despite a hot start to the second half with seven points in the first two minutes, it was fairly quiet the rest of the third quarter for Evansville. The Aces didn’t make a shot for just under five minutes to see their deficit grow to 21. Guard Madlena Gerke broke the scoring slump with a second-chance layup. UE added just one more basket in the third as point guard Tené Smith hit a jumper three with 39 seconds on the clock. Evansville went into the final frame with a deficit of 22.

The Aces kicked their offense into high gear in the fourth quarter, going a blistering 10-16 from the field for 62.5%. The charge was led by Sinclaire and Striverson with six and five points respectively. UE was able to keep the Bulldogs from putting together any runs in the final 10 minutes. The first half of the fourth quarter was a quick back-and-forth pace, but Evansville ended the game on an eight-point run in the final minute and a half. Even with the late surge, the Aces couldn’t overcome Drake in the 78-68 loss.

UE had three players in double-figures between Striverson (15), Tomancova (12), and Mason Striverson (12). Tomancova had another strong game around the ball for Evansville as she set a career-high in steals with three while leading the team in rebounds with 13. Gerke also set a season-high in steals with three as well. Mason Striverson led the Aces in assists with 5 while forward Maggie Hartwig picked up three blocks.

UE will have almost a week off before its next game on Jan. 11. Evansville will be hosting its annual Education Day game against the Belmont Bruins. The Aces will welcome EVSC students to the Ford Center at 11 a.m. on the 11th for their game with the Bruins.

Submitted by Athletics

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